We have a phrase in Ireland – usually used in a rather patronising or sarcastic way…..”the hurler on the ditch”. The hurler on the ditch is the loud mouth on the sideline shouting instructions (and sometimes abuse) at the players on the field. And, of course, he is the guy who (in his own mind) would do much better than those he is watching. The hurler on the ditch may not be doing too much damage but by the power invested in us by the TV, Radio and Internet we are capable of inflicting all kinds of damage and all kinds of benefits on the world around us. We can organise a rock concert in a matter of days in an effort to Feed the World and we can topple Governments and move mountains (Abu Simbel!!)
But……God grant us to wisdom to know which mountains to move!
Yet thou shalt have moved to a star-space
beyond this leaving behind this place where thou has dwelt.
that shall make the Earth tremble and shake in its course.
Aye, then shall the Dark Brothers
open the warfare between Light and the night.
in the air on wings like the birds;
when he has learned to harness the lightning,
then shall the time of warfare begin.
Great shall the battle be twixt the forces,
great the warfare of darkness and Light.
using the dark forces to shatter the Earth.
Weapons of force shall wipe out the Earth-man
until half of the races of men shall be gone.
Then shall come forth the Sons of the Morning
and give their edict to the children of men, saying:
O men, cease from thy striving against thy brother.
Only thus can ye come to the Light.
Cease from thy unbelief, O my brother,
and follow the path and know ye are right.